Joyce Meyer Devotional 17 January 2023 || The Importance of Generosity
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TOPIC: THE IMPORTANCE OF GENEROSITY
SCRIPTURE: …Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith…. Galatians 6:10 (AMPC)
Our old nature is greedy, but our new nature as children of God craves to be generous. Each day we must decide which desire we will pursue and follow. Greed steals our lives, according to Proverbs 1:19, so we need to actively resist it. We can never defeat any sin by fighting with it or merely using self-will to resist, but we can overcome it by turning away from it and to something else.
I believe that generosity is the antidote for greed. If we purpose to be generous and live each day looking for ways to be a blessing to others, then we won’t be greedy because there will be no place for it in our lives. Start each day by asking God to show you what you can do for Him that day. Ask Him whom you can bless. The world is filled with sad and needy people who crave a kind word or some encouragement, or who have a need that we could easily meet.
The more we do for others, the happier we will be. Instead of being greedy and going through the day trying to get more and more for ourselves, we have another option. We can be generous, and our generosity will give hope and send up cries of thanksgiving to God from those who are blessed.
Prayer of the Day: Father, I want to learn more about the beauty and power of generosity. Show me people who are in need today and grant me the grace to help them.